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Terrorist threat to UK reactors, high alert in past 24 hours

Terrorist threat to UK reactors, high alert in past 24 hours

 

Britain: Britain raised its terrorism alert in the past 24 hours saying that the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) group operating in Syria and Iraq may have developed ways of bypassing nuclear power station security measures.

According to Intelligence agencies, the terrorist groups have developed ways to plant explosives in laptops and mobile phones that can evade airport security screening methods.

Energy minister Jesse Norman said that the government was “fully committed to defending the UK against cyber threats, with a £1.9 billion investment designed to transform this country’s cyber security.”

The growing threat of attack on Britain’s 15 operational reactors, which account for nearly a fifth of the country’s electricity from terrorists, foreign spies and “hacktivists” remains high.
Norman said the civil nuclear strategy published in February sets out ways to ensure that the civil nuclear sector “can defend against, recover from, and remain resilient in evolving cyber threats.”

Deputy director-general Professor Malcolm Chalmers of the Royal United Services Institute, an independent think tank for defence and security, said that it was crucial for the Government to “respond rapidly”.